Acting out in class: Holt actress brings kinesthetic learning to Northwood (VIDEO)

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Under actress Darla Briganti's direction, Northwood Arts and Science Academy kindergartners Zachary Contri, Raul Vega and Brianna McNeal use only their arms and hands to strike poses.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:32 PM.

CRESTVIEW — If second- and fourth-grade Cougars encounter bullying, educators hope they'll remember Aesop's fable "The Sun and the Wind."

Students recently participated in telling the tale as regional actress, drama teacher and Holt resident Darla Briganti brought her kinesthetic learning program to Northwood Arts and Sciences Academy.

Boys portrayed wind, girls were the sun and select students were the people whom the elements tried to divest of their coats.

Watch video of the kinesthetic learning class>>

"We'll blow you away!" second-grader Miles Lerma said.

Despite the wind's best effort to surround Miles, later recast as a villager, and April Painter with foreboding dark clouds — lengths of purple and grey cloth — it was the gentle sunshine that encouraged the students to remove their wraps.

Briganti compared the fable to student bullying, noting it was the sun's gentleness, rather than the wind's bluster, that succeeded.

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